Ruling Awami League`s general secretary resigns

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 21:45

Dhaka: Premier Sheikh Hasina led Awami League`s general secretary on Tuesday quit as he was not "allowed to discharge his duties", days after a minister resigned from the cabinet, indicating a brewing discontent in the party that had swept the general elections last year.
"I am resigning as I have not been allowed to
discharge my duty for the upcoming council. As I was not given
the scope I had no other option but to resign from the post,"
Awami League general secretary Abdul Jalil told a press
conference at his residence.

Jalil had sent a message to Hasina seeking permission
to get involved in the preparations for the national council
but became frustrated as he received no response from the
party chief while party joint general secretary and Local
Government Minister Syed Ashraful Islam is coordinating
preparations for the national council.

Jalil, a senior Awami League leader who was sidelined
in the party for the past one year, said according to the
party constitution the general secretary was supposed to
convene the council session and submit his report in the
council session.

State Minister for Home Affairs Tanjim Ahmed Sohel
Taj said on July 19 that he has resigned from the Sheikh
Hasina led Awamin League cabinet two months ago as he was led
by sense of ethics which cannot be "compromised" for a
political post.

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First Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 21:45

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